Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The original green wall

This is the original green wall - not a 20-foot-high panel expertly planted with tropicals in the atrium of a corporate HQ, like Dansko, which is profiled in the paper's Home & Design section today. This one dates to the 1920s. It's the rock wall garden at Morris Arboretum. Six feet high, planted with alpines, it's in the rose garden, which is just about to burst open. The wall is already blooming. When I visited, there was a little fog, an empty bench. Perfect atmospherics.

The original green wall

Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)
Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)

This is the original green wall - not a 20-foot-high panel expertly planted with tropicals in the atrium of a corporate HQ, like Dansko, which is profiled in the paper's Home & Design section today. This one dates to the 1920s. It's the rock wall garden at Morris Arboretum. Six feet high, planted with alpines, it's in the rose garden, which is just about to burst open. The wall is already blooming. When I visited, there was a little fog, an empty bench. Perfect atmospherics.

If you'd like to read more about Dansko's wall, and other kinds of green walls, go to http://www.philly.com/inquirer/living/

About this blog
Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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